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The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2021
A City With Amazon at the Center
Erika Hayasaki wrote a recent article for The New York Times Magazine about Amazon’s influence on the Inland Empire, a region east of Los Angeles where the company is the largest private employer. More than 40,000 people in the region handle or deliver Amazon orders, about double the number from two years ago. I spoke with Hayasaki, an associate professor in the Literary Journalism Program at the University of California, Irvine, about what she learned researching Amazon workers in the region and what the effects are — good and bad — when Amazon comes to town. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

U.S. News and World Report, Feb. 22, 2021
How to Choose a Med School for Pediatrics
Dr. Dan M. Cooper, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California—Irvine School of Medicine, says it is extremely fulfilling to help a gravely ill child get well. “We saw our share of very sad things, but what was remarkable was the resilience – the biological resilience – that kids have and their ability to bounce back,” says Cooper, who also is associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational science and oversaw a pediatric intensive care unit for many years.

CNBC, Feb. 23, 2021
From escape mutations to wild strains: Here’s everything you need to know about Covid variants
Dr. Ilhem Messaoudi, the director of the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Virus Research, said the process can be time consuming and labor intensive, but emerging strains will be missed if laboratories aren’t sequencing a certain percentage of all positive Covid-19 test results to find the new mutations, she said. “Now we’re trying to catch up,” Messaoudi said in a phone interview with CNBC. “We’re like, ‘Let’s go back and see if we have this.’”

Grist, Feb. 23, 2021
This $9 billion plan could bring Biden’s CCC to life
If the new bill didn’t pass, Biden might still be able to find funding for the new CCC [Civilian Climate Corps.] through other programs in the budget, said Alejandro Camacho, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a scholar at Center for Progressive Reform, an environmental think tank. “I’m sure they could cobble things together, but this is basically a way to provide a massive injection of money towards this.”

Voice of America, Feb. 20, 2021
Why Do People Embrace Conspiracy Theories?
Conspiracy theories often rely on seeing things sharply in terms of right and wrong, and that can drive people to do things they might never have contemplated before, says Peter Ditto, a professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine. “Moralizing things mobilizes people to action,” he says. “If I believed that the American election had been stolen from the rightful winner, I’d probably storm the Capitol, too. It makes perfect sense if that really happened. The problem is, that didn’t happen.”

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